Obsessive About Octopuses [released 4/7]

Written & Illustrated by: Owen Davey For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Ocean Creatures, Octopuses, Nature, Natural World, Conservation. Summary:  Folx, I’m not sure that I can adequately express how excited I am for this particular book to come out.  If you’ve been following our book reviews for a bit (which first of all, THANK…

Enough! 20 Protestors Who Changed America

Written by: Emily Easton Illustrated by: Ziyue Chen For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: American History, Activism, Historical Figures, Courage, Segregation, Enslavement, Sports, Environmentalism.  Summary:  This book opens with an Author’s Note talking about her inspiration to write the book.  Emily’s young cousins had been in a school shooting a few weeks before the devastating event…

Journey Under the Arctic

Written by: James O. Fraoili Illustrated by: Joe St. Pierre For ages: 8-12 years Language: English, gives a small Inuit phrase guide as well.  Topics Covered: Historical Figure, Environmental Activism, Nature, Adventure, Global Warming, Graphic Novel, STEM. Summary:  This comic book adventure is the second in the Fabien Cousteau Expeditions series, designed for upper elementary readers.  The story follows an…

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

Written by: Andrea Beaty Illustrated by: David Roberts For ages: 4-8 years Language: English, minor Spanish.  Topics Covered: Community Action, Environmentalism, Girls Outdoors, Creativity, Feminism, Girls in Leadership, Latinx, Activism.  Summary:  Sofia Valdez loves her community, and she especially loves helping her community be better.  When her Abuelo injures his ankle slipping on trash and can’t walk Sofia to school anymore,…

The Boy Who Grew A Forest

Written by: Sophia Gholz Illustrated by: Kayla Harren For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Environmental Activism, Nature, Historical Figure, Trailblazer, POC-Centric Narratives, Global Community, India, Natural World, Growing Up, Hard Work, Community Involvement, Independent Thought.  Summary: The next intention we are taking into 2020 is Environmental Conscientiousness.  We’re always looking for ways to reduce our single-use plastics, recycle…

Bird Count

Written by: Susan Edwards Richmond Illustrated by: Stephanie Fizer Coleman For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Nature, STEM, Birds, Girls Outdoors, POC-Centric Narratives, Environmental Activism, Culture & Traditions, Friendship, Community Involvement. Summary: We love this book for so many reasons!  The plot follows a real-life bird counting event that takes place all over the USA on Christmas Day….

The Secret of Black Rock

Written & Illustrated by: Joe Todd-Stanton For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Friendship, Independence, Adventure, Love, Family, Natural World, Conservation, Environmental Activism. Summary: Erin and her mum live in a fishing village, where her mother owns her own fishing boat.  Erin longs to go with her mother while she fishes, because she wants to get closer to…

Q&A with Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log You all learned about the album Curious yesterday, so now it’s time to learn a little bit more about the minds behind Ants on a Log!  Julie and Anya have a multitude of activities, interests, and creative passions.  We feel lucky to have been able to catch up with them and bring you…

Curious: Think Outside the Pipeline!- by Ants on a Log

For ages: any age Language: English Topics Covered: Environmental Activism, Politics, Music, Health, Activism, Community Organization, Curiosity. Summary: Have you ever felt that you were too small to get something done? That no one will listen to you if you dare to raise your voice? The answers to these questions form the backbone of the “eco-feminist musical” Curious: Think Outside…

Wilma’s Way Home, The Life of Wilma Mankiller

Written by: Doreen Rappaport Illustrated by: Linda Kukuk For ages: 5 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Cherokee Nation, Trailblazer, Feminism, Activism, Politics, Historical Figure, Historic Events, Family, Women in Government, Women in Leadership, Community. Summary: This is a story about the amazing life of Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee woman and first chief of their tribal nation.  This book…